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Gun control not the way to stop violence

January 19, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

Editor:

Is gun control the answer to the violence taking place in America today?

Before we can answer that question properly, we must answer this one. What kind of mindset are we instilling in the people in America?

If a person is taught violence and killing at an early age, that person will grow up to be a violent person. On the other hand, if a person is taught love and peace from the beginning, that person will likewise follow his early childhood teachings and grow into a kind, peace-loving, nonviolent adult.

If I am a violent person, I will use whatever means available to me to satisfy my violent nature. Yes, if a gun is available, I will use it. But, I also can use a baseball bat, a knife or a vehicle. If no other weapon is available, I will use my hands.

So the answer lies not in the weapon but in the mind of the person committing the violent act.

Now, our Constitution gives us certain rights - freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right to bear arms, etc. I can say or put into print anything I want as long as it does not infringe upon the rights of others.

Let me ask. Do the TV shows, movies and news articles exploiting violence and murder infringe upon my rights to grow into a peace-loving individual? If I am taught from an early age, yes it does.

So maybe if we stopped producing violent movies and quit printing every violent episode that takes place in America, people could grow up to become a people of love and peace.

Gun control cannot and will not change anything until the mindset in America has been changed for the better. So as concerned citizens in America, let us strive to teach and promote peace and love. Let's instill these traits into our children now before we destroy ourselves.

Instead of fighting among ourselves, let's search out a peaceful solution.

Boyd Wyatt

Belington

 
 

 

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